Timberwolves expected to try to trade down in NBA Draft

LaMelo Ball
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The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly aren’t sold on any prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft and are expected to look to trade the No. 1 overall pick.

There’s word that the Timberwolves aren’t leaning one way at No. 1, sound “confused” and feel pressure after “messing up last year by trading for Jarrett Culver”, according to a Western Conference executive.

However, if the Timberwolves keep their No. 1 pick, they will likely choose LaMelo Ball over Anthony Edwards, sources told draft scout Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report.

Scouts have previously mentioned Ball’s potential fit issues with the Timberwolves, especially playing alongside other ball-dominant players like D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Another potential issue is whether a team’s defense led by those three players has any chance in a seven-game series against strong Western Conference opponents.

Ball will definitely generate interest from teams thanks to his “potential to transform a struggling team’s identity with his flashy playmaking and exciting pace”.

There are several other candidates that the Timberwolves could target if they ultimately decide to trade down, as this year’s draft is considered one of the most unpredictable and wide open drafts ever.